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    May 05, 2016



PPP Leaders criticized Provincial government

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: A PPP leader from Chitral, Sultan Wazir has criticized the provincial government for its total indifference towards the plights of Chitralis who are facing myriad of problems after being hit by the natural disasters of flash flood and earthquake last year.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday flanked by other leaders of the party including Syed Burhan Shah, Qazi Sajjad, Qazi Waqar and others, he said that the government has failed to restore the infrastructures devastated by the flash floods and the earthquake last year which has made life miserable for its residents.

He said that the roads, the bridges, the irrigation channels and the drinking water supply schemes hit by the flood across the district are yet to be restored while the affected people are also wandering from pillar to post for getting compensation for their damaged properties.

Mr. Wazir said that the upper part of the district was without electric supply for the last nine months as the 4.2 mega watt hydro power station was washed away by the flood but the government seems to be least bothered to start work on reconstruction.

He said that in such a grim situation, the provincial government recommended the federal government to extend the Customs Act to Malakand Division of which Chitral is a district and it is a deplorable act which the people have rejected forcefully.

The PPP leader said that the Rs.50 million rupees provided by the leader of opposition in the National Assembly on behalf of Sind government were also unutilized by the government for restoring the infrastructures despite the passage of six months.

He alleged that due to the incapability of the provincial government, as large sum of 80 million rupees of the European Union funded project, community driven local development (CDLD) were lapsed without being utilized.

He also demanded to start work on Booni-Torkhow road which was pending for execution for the last three years despite the availability of funds for it and termed it lackadaisical attitude of the chief minister who had reportedly withheld it for unknown reasons.

Mr. Wazir also lambasted the government for denying funds and authority to the elected representatives of the local bodies and said that it was one of the top most points on the election manifesto of the party in the last election.



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